The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away, and teams are scrambling to find a last minute deal that can make them better. Among a long list of other teams, the Trailblazers are expected to be active before deadline day as their search for a backup guard will have them sniffing all around the NBA.
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Blazers may be willing to part with a first-round pick, too.
Portland, too, would be willing to part with its first-rounder to add depth to a roster that badly needs help in the backcourt and on the wing. The Trail Blazers could be a player for Ross or Jonathan Simmons, too. But sources tell SN that they have expressed interest in another player expected to be made available for a first-round pick: Atlanta point guard Jeremy Lin.
Jeremy Lin makes the most sense for both teams. Atlanta gets a pick to help their rebuild, and the Blazers get 11 points per game backup off the bench. Trading a draft pick for a guy like that, though, is a steep price to pay, especially because he’d have less than six months with the team.
It’s clear that Portland hasn’t yet given up on their Dame/McCollum tandem. They’re going all in.
Though, if we’ve learned anything from the past, Jeremy Lin probably isn’t going to be enough to give the Blazers an edge over basically any of the Western Conference elites.